»  INSPIRED! Cultural experience grants for artists

Roanoke’s arts and cultural organizations are meaningful contributors to our economy, the quality of our lives, and our collective identity. Many events are carefully structured to address important issues, challenge our thinking, and celebrate key aspects of the many cultures in the community.

Attending one of these performances, exhibits, or events just might provide inspiration as you’re considering projects that help advance the community.

So get out there! While many are already free, we’ll pick up the cost of the tickets if you attend an event that helps you think through your work, our community, and the role of the arts in our lives.


  1. You pay for, and attend, a fee-based event along with a colleague, collaborator, friend, or family member (Limit 2 tickets, only one application per artist).
  2. You submit the Inspired! application, telling us how the experience shaped your thinking about your work, a project, and our community. (You’ll also be required to submit a snapshot or pdf of your tickets.)
  3. We reimburse you for tickets up to a total of $100. And we’ll even throw in up to 20 bucks to help pay for the sitter, transportation, or a snack after the show if your tickets are below the $100 threshold.

To be eligible, you must be registered for the YEAR OF THE ARTIST training series and attending sessions in real time or watching the posted videos. We also ask that you be seriously considering applying for one of the YOTA grant opportunities.

We have enough funds for 30-40 of these small grants. But who knows…if we see them having an impact, we can probably find more. The grants will be first come, first served and are paid on a reimbursement basis.

Want to know what’s happening in town? Check out the Arts & Cultural offerings listed on Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge. (Oh. And while you’re there, start the process of getting yourself on the Artist Directory.)

Here are just a few upcoming examples of arts and cultural organizations helping to reflect upon, engage, and shape our community. Look for talk backs, lectures, and educational events related to these productions and exhibits.

Opera Roanoke’s Cycle of My Being recital with Lawrence Brownlee, May 1

The Cake at Mill Mountain Theatre, Feb. 24 – Mar. 6

Soul Sessions at the Grandin: For the Love of Hip Hop, Feb. 22

Transcendant Motzart, Mar. 13 from Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

A performance at Jefferson Center (pictured here: Samara Joy)

Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design at the Taubman

Inspired! cultural experience grants
are funded by the City of Roanoke through the
Roanoke Arts Commission.


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